Darryl Novotny BScPT, Registered Physiotherapist at Orthopaedic Sport Institute has written an article for Georgian Life December issue about custom knee bracing.
As winter looms and the ski hills are blanketed in snow, many people are reminded that their knee pain may limit, or even stop, their participation in snow-related sports.
Many individuals have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee – this is characterized by a loss of the protective cartilage at the end of each bone in your joint, usually more on one side of the knee than the other. OA generally occurs due to gradual wear and tear of a joint over decades of physical activity, but can also be caused by an injury.
For those situations in which surgery is not yet an option, conservative treatments of OA-related conditions can include:
- Physiotherapy: OA-symptoms are often related to joint stiffness and weakness of muscles surrounding the affected joint. Physiotherapy treatments should be directed towards restoring as much motion and muscle strength as possible.
- Pain relieving modalities: Regulated healthcare practitioners can provide treatments directed towards relieving the symptoms. These options often include muscle stimulation units, laser, ultrasound and analgesic creams.
- Oral anti-Inflammatories (NSAID’s)
- Cortisone injections: This treatment can help many people diminish or even eliminate their symptoms for an extended period of time
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA) injections: This involves an injection of HA directly into the joint to improve the amount of lubrication in the affected knee joint
While these interventions are sometimes successful, patients do not always experience 100% relief and, as a result, regular physical activity becomes increasingly limited and painful. The development of Custom OA Knee Unloader braces have led to another non-invasive, drug-free solution for people suffering from knee OA. These lightweight braces are designed to reduce pressure on the side of the knee that has worn down. Once fitted, these braces are easy to don and, due to their low-profile build, can easily fit underneath your outdoor skiwear.
For further information on treatment options, please contact the Orthopaedic Sport Institute at (705) 467-0701 or firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a consultation with one of our friendly healthcare professionals. Let us help get you back onto the ski hill!